Gary Utley

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How Managed IT Services Can Guide Your Organization Through IT Hardware Change

How Managed IT Services Can Guide Your Organization Through IT Hardware ChangeDigital transformation: It's not just about software. Updating your organization's hardware is a necessity, and it can also be a major pain point. Not only does your IT team need to put time towards planning and implementation, but your employees will almost invariably experience some level of disruption. Hardware management is expensive, takes longer than you've scheduled, and frustrates your employees.

The Windows Server 2008 End of Life is a Perfect Opportunity to Move to the Cloud

The Windows Server 2008 End of Life is a Perfect Opportunity to Move to the CloudIt had to happen eventually: Microsoft is ending its extended support for Windows Server 2008 in January 2020. That means no more updates unless you want to pay for them.

Windows 7 Extended Support is Ending Soon – Here's Why You Don't Have to Panic

Windows 7 Extended Support is Ending Soon – Here's Why You Don't Have to PanicWindows 7 is dead; long live Windows 7. A decade has passed since Windows 7 was initially released, yet a substantial percentage of the market share has managed to resist switching to Windows 10. It's easy to understand why: After all, Windows 7 has remained more than sufficient for many tasks. However, Windows 7 extended support is going to be discontinued in January 2020, and businesses are going to need to upgrade Windows 7 to another solution if they want to maintain their security and productivity.

Your Windows 7 End of Life Upgrade Checklist

Your Windows 7 End of Life Upgrade ChecklistAs a business owner or IT decision-maker, you'll probably love Windows 10, but you need to finish your transition first. As the Windows 7 end of life approaches, it's time to get your ducks in a row and make sure that your transition is going to move swiftly. Any transition from one system to another, whether a full switch or an upgrade, can be potentially disruptive if it isn't handled correctly. A checklist will leave less to chance, reducing your potential risks and preparing your employees for the change. 

Your Windows Server 2008 End of Life Upgrade Checklist

Your Windows Server 2008 End of Life - Upgrade ChecklistOn January 14, 2020, Microsoft will end all extended support for Windows Server 2008 R2. If your business is already well underway with the migration, great! If not, it’s critical to start as soon as possible. Upgrading your Windows server may not be an easy process: There are a lot of things that you're going to have to consider and plan for in advance. Whether you’re planning to upgrade Windows Server 2008 R2 to 2016, or you’re exploring other options, here’s a handy checklist to make sure you’re ready. 

4 Office Goof-Ups Azure Information Protection Could Have Prevented

You may have thought a lot about external threats, but what about internal ones? Your own employees could be your biggest threats, and we aren't talking about double agents or disgruntled former hires. We're talking about, well, basic screw-ups. Negligence by employees remains one of the largest threats to an enterprise. Luckily, Microsoft AIP can help.

3 Ways Azure Information Protection Can Safeguard Your Business' Data

Employees are often an organization's biggest security threat. It makes sense; they work with large volumes of data every day, and it may not always be clear to an employee which data needs to be protected. As information is sent across the network, emailed in attachments, copied and pasted, and uploaded to corporate servers, it may not always be treated with the sensitivity it needs to be.

Understanding an Azure Information Protection Plan: Which Is Right for Your Business?

You already know that your organization can benefit from Microsoft Azure Information Protection – but which plan is right for your business? Microsoft AIP comes with several different features and solutions, depending on the tier of service that you intend on purchasing. To figure out the right solutions for your business, you need to take an in-depth look at the features offered and whether your business needs them. 

Getting Started with Azure Information Protection: What Do You Need to Know?

If you're using Microsoft Azure (or considering a transition), you should also consider the benefits of Microsoft’s Azure Information Protection. An additional safeguard for the purposes of data security, protection, and regulatory compliance, Azure Information Protection can automatically improve upon an organization's data and document management and access controls.

Why Managed IT Service Providers Can Help If You're Already in the Cloud

It can be tempting to think that using cloud services will instantly solve all a business’ woes. However, while robust cloud services try to make their services friendly and intuitive, they’re still vastly complex systems. A managed service provider (MSP) can help reduce and manage the complexity, leaving your business free to focus on the positives.